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this is one of the most important decisions this board will have ever made. replacing the chief administrative and executive officer and we're asking you not to shy away from that. speaking on behalf of the sciu that carry out the work of this city we would like to see the transition of start as soon as possible and be as smooth as possible. whoever is selected for this position needs to put their transition teams together and start working and start tackling this budget. so we're asking you to make that decision and we're asking this board not to shy away from your responsibility. thank you. >> my name is tommy avaneca and been a career activist for the past 40 years. one of the things i ask you is you schedule a meeting after january 4 just in case you don't come to a decision on -- by or for january 4 about an
interim mayor. i think the mayor that we need is a person who's going to help those among us with the least, the absolute least. who's going to make sure the budget doesn't jeopardize the poor or make them bear the brunt of the cuts. who's going to look for solutions for homelessness, not further criminalization. who's going to see the connections between our struggles, whether they be immigrant rights, economic justice, queer rights, health care for all, whatever. this person will see the connections among all of our struggles. i want to say there are people in this room who i think would be very qualified and very good at that job. i have no doubt. recently, i've had the pleasure to work with david campos on an lgbt shelter. there was a hearing last march which david convened about the tremendous need in this city for an lgbt shelter and i was
extremely impressed with his ability to bring together the activists and the city people and get us all to work together in order to achieve that shelter which we have done in fact. and ultimately, i guess personally, as a queer activist, i feel it is time that we have a progressive queer latino immigrant mayor here in san francisco. and that person is david campos. thank you. president chiu: next speaker. >> my name is ace washington. this is copyrighted under the community news service. i'm here to say i'm just totally convinced that this city is totally out of control. and we don't know who's in control. so i'm here to bring this to the world. but i'm african-american. i'm an african-american first. and i am putting this to our
current mayor, mr. gavin newsom, and he put together this action plan. and right now i want to know who's in control. >> ♪ i want to know, yeah who's in control right here in san francisco yeah i ask the mayor but he really didn't care you know why he's out the door he's tiptoeing up to sacramento and i'm going to talk about you all the board of supervisors some of you are a bunch of liars and you all are going to pick the next mayor the redevelopment i'm going foff to sue and -- to have to sue and make a settlement all the money they spent we don't know where it went and it ain't no accident and now they're gone
you know what housing authority they just ignore me then we got the h.r.c. force forgs the human rights you better listen to me it ain't no mystery just check your history and look around blacks are leaving town what's going down blacks are leaving this town where's willie brown i guess we're going to have to talk together to jerry brown yeah you know what thrs the second -- this is the second time and i bet he knows what's going down in this town right now i want to talk about city hall it gets silly, you all here at city hall it gets silly all at city hall i'm telling you all because i'm in it, you all
right here at city hall ♪ >> i did that to express to the city and county and to the world right here, going to be looking sunshining on us in the next couple of weeks. what's really going down here in silly hall, at city hall, in san francisco, the city that knows how? but you all don't even know how to select the interim mayor. now, what about the indidgent citizens, the -- indigenous citizens, the african-americans, are they going to have the world cup in 2013? not enough of us to be in a cup. and you got the housing and you got the 50 cent -- we're not going to be around to enjoy none of that. but i want to know who's in control. president chiu: next speaker. >> my name is brenda barel. i'm with 1021. i'm a city worker. we took our vote last night to
say who -- people that we would not object to. we're very divided. many of you have done a lot of things for us in the past. and so we limited to a certain number so this is who it is. david chiu is on the list, john avalos is on the list. ross mirkarimi is on the list. david campos is on the list. aaron peskin is on our list. and chris daly is on our list. that's the list of people we would support. because we don't want a fill-in mayor but somebody who can step in and do the job. and there are people on this board that have helped us, too. but we limit it to a certain number. and if we had a bigger number, more would be on the list. but that's where we are right now. hopefully you will do this today. as soon as you can. because we've been told already about budget cuts and all this stuff. and we need somebody who can hilt the ground running.
-- hit the ground running. not someone who has to learn everything. thank you. president chiu: next speaker. >> ok. good afternoon, supervisors, eric brooks, speak being as a little -- speaking as a little grassroots organizer today and not on behalf of anyone in particular. but i will say that i second what previous speakers said about even one week, making a huge difference in the new mayor's ability to prepare for this office. you need to get this done today. you need to do it. and as far as the choice of who, it's finally time to start saying who. and i can tell you from my experience, there's -- to me, there's only one choice. and this is a name that's been going around a lot. i would like to be able to get up here and say other names of course as well. but i think we've got to face the reality of who can get the
votes at this moment in time. and so a lot of you know i've been doing work on clean energy, one of the organizers for that in san francisco city hall. and there is one person that can gather the votes together and make this happen. that has been really strong on clean energy but strong on the other things that tommy mentioned and that others have mentioned. and that person is david campos. and it's because he's been in the lafco. along with ross mirkarimi. really questioning the motivation of the san francisco public utilities commission when it has failed raoestedly to move forward -- repeatedly to move forward, clean power that will give us 50% clean energy in 10 years if we ever start the project. so -- and david as an attorney that's worked on contracts, knows how to drill into this
and knows how to hole the sfpc accountable. the world cannot wait any longer for clean power. we need to set the example and we need somebody that can get in there and do that and that's david campos. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is christopher cook. i'm with the grassroots democratic club and the budget justice coalition although i'm here speaking as an individual. and first, i do want to really urge this board to make this decision and to move forward with whatever discussion is necessary and really begin moving. because we only have a couple more shots at this before the new board will come in. and we only have about a month before a new mayor would be sworn in. and it's not fair to the city of san francisco, to the voters, to the taxpayers, nor to yourselves, frankly, to not make this decision and not give
a new mayor a chance to prepare. normally you get two months to prepare and now we're looking at less than a month. i urge you to make the decision today. i want to say there are about four or five supervisors in the room who i admire and respect deeply. there is one who -- there has been a special groundswell of support across the city, four right now, which is supervisor david campos, and i want to join that voice for supervisor campos. my own personal experience is that i actually campaigned originally for a different candidate for district nine. and david has done nothing but convince me that he -- he has been just the most terrific supervisor that you could want. he's fairminded. he's evenhanded. he listens to all sides. he knows his stuff. as a lawyer, he knows governance extremely well. and he's a uniter. he builds bridges. we know this. and i'm going to read you quickly a quote from former supervisor president matt
gonzalez who recently endorsed the idea of david campos for mayor. without disparaging the others let me say that david campos has emerged as the conscience of the board of supervisors these past two years. he cares deeply for those on the margins and takes very seriously his charge on behalf of the citizens of san francisco. i'm certain he would make a fine mayor who would work effectively with the board and promote the best of san franciscan values. finally, i urge this board to vote today and if not -- >> good evening, board of supervisors. my name is harold miller. i came here not to endorse anyone but food for thought. that if you pick someone, make sure they cannot run for mayor. because all they're going to do is run the city for maybe six, seven months, then the last part of their tuition or whatever you want to call it, they're going to be running for
mayor again. and so they're not going to be able to do the job. so we just need somebody that's strong and can't double dip. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is richard hanlin. i would like to find out what those -- how much those three out of town attorneys are costing us. i want to know what that bill comes to. president chiu: next speaker. >> good afternoon, frank martinez, proud member of local sciu 1021. and proud leader in the san francisco latino labor. i rise today to urge the decision made -- be made today. and for reasons i've already shared. the need to take decisive action at a time when we need it. i also rise in support of all of those that may be considered
for this position but in particular i rise in support of david campos. as someone who is particularly needed and suited for the city at this particular time. for the following reasons. i believe that what we need is a effective leadership at a time when the status quo does not serve the interests of the vast majority of san franciscans and our country is in peril. at this point in time in our history, we need those kinds of leaders who are willing to stand up for san francisco values, stand up for what built this great country, the labor movement, immigrant rights movement, women, and the very -- the various constituents that represent all of us and all of our endeavors. for all of those reasons, i hope that you take the -- make the decision today and stand in support of david campos but i also urge that you take whatever action is necessary to schedule sufficient meet togs get the job done.
when the job needs to get done and very proud of my recommendation and work that's been done by david campos and all of you. each and every day. but at this time, hope that he's -- these thoughts can be considered by the board. and action is taken. thank you. president chiu: next speaker. >> three weeks ago, this was going to be an open and transparent process and then last -- the week before last, nobody was here. last week, it was -- a pretty rude reporter obviously doesn't understand metaphors, he was down on chris daly for bringing up, you know, like maybe we should test the car. maybe we should see what's going on. i can tell you if we had an open and transparent process, maybe it would be a reality show. maybe we could bring in money
for this city and expose the qualities of every mayoral candidate. such as myself. and other people who may not be so well-known but might be the right ones with the true spirit of st. francis. i mean, after all, you might catch the spirit of st. francis. with that kind of fire burning, people may come to see us burn. and that's -- that spirit is strong in somebody's like myself. somebody who has given themselves to god as a kid. here's a song for you. little girl in the garden. she digs and she plants. and she plant a rose bush beside the garden path. snap, crack, mr. johnson's foot, he broke the rose bush, he broke it, it's a stem. oh, no. oh, no. little nelie cried. please, no. nobody listens to her.
people blamed nellie. nellie belly swelly, nellie belly swelli. nellie goes to the dark. she goes and returns and takes away her toys. nellie, no more a child, nellie no more a child. no ticket parade. but in her little tiny heart -- president chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> ladies and gentlemen, i'm clementinaagriev. i'm a member of de sen pofment ra guadalupe. -- de senora guadalupe. i represent thousands of
latinos. we are the ones who bring food to your tables. we are the ones who do dirty jobs, who do the cleaning. we are the ones who take care of the elderly. even including myself, to take care of patients. this is a country of immigrants. we come from different nationalities. different backgrounds. different walks of life. but we need diversity in this country. therefore, i am asking you to please consider when you designate the new mayor, the one who is going to include the city and help us, we the
latinos are part of the country. we are the ones who contribute to our culture. to this nation which is the greatest nation in the world. thank you. >> i'm a district aid voter and not worry about which one of you becomes mayor or what color you are. i have two issues about this mayoral succession. first, gay genocide. in case you haven't noticed, there is a mounting global consensus for gay genocide. expressed in a u.n. general assembly resolution on november 15, which removed lgbt people from the list of populations in need of special protection or rather equal protection from extra judicial, arbitrary, and summary execution. most of the declarations of policy and resolutions and so forth that you pass here have no teeth and are meaningless.
but this is harvey milk's town. this is a town where let's face it, it is politically indefensible, the political cost is too high, to oppose lgbt rights. if you speak to this, the world is going to hear. i want a mayor who will do that. second, i want to mayor who will change the terms of the conversation here. all year, i've been listening to you talk about the budget and you're out of money, you're out of money, you're out of money. money is an abstraction. it's not like coal. it's not like oil or natural gas. it's not like water. you didn't run out of it. money is a social intersubjective construction of power. and it has been hugely reconstructed upward. the next mayor needs to be honest about that in this debate about the budget. president chiu: next speaker. >> supervisors, first, let me
tank outside counsel in this deliberation. because it's -- you helped us some in crafting the language to choose the interim mayor. and i want to thank our president and the clerk of the board for doing the same. you supervisors should understand that this is an important decision. and what do i see when i look at the chairs? i see some of the supervisors missing in action. and this is very disrespectful. unless, you know, they have emergency. which i doubt. supervisors, a lot will be said , but basically when some of us
come here to testify, we want to testify on behalf of those that need help, on behalf of those that cannot defend themselves. and foremost, we want to see that our health, our safety, our education, all those quality of life issues are addressed by supervisors who are educated on issues. now, many of the speakers have spoken about david campos. i know i am pretty well. -- i know him pretty well and watch him from a distance. and he represents my district. my district was carved out from silver to bacon, and given to district nine.
so that's the can dailt. -- candidate. president chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. i'm abraham simmons a pleasure to meet you all in this context. the board president, and members, i have two thoughts. one, if you're struggling for someone, i will accept the nomination. [laughter] but short of that, short of that, a couple of other things. there has been a lot of discussion about whether you should or should not pick someone. and i think that's a ridiculous conversation. of course you should. and of course you should give -- pick someone with enough time for them to figure out how to handle the financial and other problems of this city. they are tremendous. and there are things that need to be attacked with as much -- as soon as possible. and with as much confidence as possible. but aside from that, there are
other issues. of course you want to pick someone who will survive the resulting shenanigans that are sure to follow if you choose anyone at all. that's one of the things that you want to focus on. but should you decide to move forward, and should you decide to do that today, and should you decide to pick someone, there's one more thing that i don't think enough attention has been paid and that's the only reason why i'm standing. i have not heard anyone articulate a real vision for where this city is going. for what we really want to achieve in the next coming years, not just in terms of fixing the financial crisis or in terms of how they're going to survive the next -- you know, january, past january 5. but also, what we're really looking forward to. so i urge you to at least give
us your thoughts on what you're doing or what you hope to receive, what the marching orders are for the next mayor, if that's what you're going to do today. president chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> i'm actually going to translate for her. ok. her name is juanita martinez and here from an organized city college group that is transgender latinas at city college. and she's here to tell you -- here to express her support for david campos as interim mayor. and also to get your unconditional support for her group. thank you.
also going to try to translate one more. david campos, you can jump in if i'm messing this up. my name is jorge. and i'm in agreement. >> i'll try and practice my english now. i remember many face of you before i was a supervisor. i remember when many of you walking on the street, walking in the store, walking in dark doors for the both. this is a very serious moment. many of you leaving this place and come back to the real life. and i think so. this is a big compromise. for this one.
we elected many of you. so i think so. you are nothing without us also. thank you. president chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> hello. i'm ed malari. as a mayoral candidate in this audience, i know what it's like to be an official candidate. and i have -- last week i nominated gays and lesbians for the mayor. today i want to see this lady right here, her name is diane wesley. i think she should be a great candidate. i think also the doctor who ran for mayor, who graduate waited from stanford university,
because if we are going to have a care taker i would love to see a gay or a lesbian or transgender. you've been talking about america's cup and everything and we were the first to come up on all of those ships. i wonder why they call it the america's cup in all those countries. i think that's because the ships came from many countries to bring ancestors here. but today, i don't want to be a mayor. i want to work for the mayor. you get a lot of things running for public office. all the candidates who ran for office, i'm asking them to consider putting -- being here for the mayor nomination or putting yourself in there. because when you run for office, you have this on public as much as. you have did your country well. and what they're trying to do in d.c. is take you back to the 1920's and the 1930's. 1% of the 4% of people who own so much in this country do not want you to have anything. 34 seconds left. just like oprah winfrey found
out probably in australia, that they say, why america don't want everyone to have health coverage? and i'm sure she found that out when that plane got stranded, too. and australians are look at us. and they didn't enslave people. and a care taker mayor here, we don't know what we're going to do when chris leaves. you know, he's been a people person. and many of you over here. but we know that if we don't get someone, the new boy will be coming in and we don't know, do you want to be a freshman? thank you. president chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> a translator.